People of the Summer Night (1948)

10/09/1948 (FI) Drama 1h 6m


A visual poem based on a story by Nobel laureate F.E. Sillanpää. Set over one night in a small rural community we watch various relationships and actions among local people; these include birth, death, and conflicts fuelled by alcohol. The fates of various characters become interlaced over a long and light-filled summer night in the Finnish countryside. Lumberjacks, a deer-eyed young man Nokia, a family of poor farmers, a young girl and her lover... New life is born, old life dies, man is slain in his prime, and his widow continues her life.

  1. Valentin Vaala

    Director, Writer

  2. F.E. Sillanpää


  3. Lea Joutseno


  4. Usko Kemppi


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  1. Eila Pehkonen


  2. Martti Katajisto

    Martti Katajisto


  3. Emma Väänänen

    Emma Väänänen

    Hilja Syrjämäki

  4. Eero Roine

    Jalmari Syrjämäki

  5. Matti Oravisto

    Matti Oravisto


  6. Toivo Hämeranta


  7. Tyyne Haarla

    Tyyne Haarla

    Martta Teliranta

  8. Maija Nuutinen

    Maija Nuutinen

    Old lady of Teliranta

  9. Kaisu Leppänen

    Santra Mettälä

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People of the Summer Night
People of the Summer Night

Original Title Ihmiset suviyössä

Status Released

Original Language Finnish

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